If you're in a relationship with a narcissist, or someone who you suspect might be a sociopath, it can be difficult to explain what's happening.
For example, day-to-day in the relationship you may feel alone but not quite understand why.
Sometimes, it means to give myself space from a political environment or project which is having a toxic effect on me.
This newfound source of profound inspiration came to me in the form of a new relationship.
No amount of optimism can change the fact that sometimes, people ways.
If you've ever had a partner who flirted with other people right in front of you, chatted up attractive strangers and tried to make you feel like you couldn't measure up, well, maybe you were dating a narcissist. New research suggests that people who have a high level of narcissistic traits strategically induce jealousy in their mates as a way to meet certain goals: Control, in some cases, or a boost in their self-esteem.
"There is some element of normality to narcissists, in that they pursue goals much like everyone else does," said study author Gregory Tortoriello, a psychologist at the University of Alabama.
But, I've been reminded lately, through a very painful experience, that negativity can take many ugly forms, .